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Dick Stolz, who has died aged 86, was the spymaster-in-chief for America’s Central Intelligence Agency at a time of dramatic geopolitical change.
The Telegraph, September 13, 2012
His appointment as deputy director of operations, the official in charge of clandestine intelligence activities abroad, came in 1987, when he was coaxed out of premature retirement in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair, which had exposed illegal American arms sales to Iran and the military resupply of the Nicaraguan Contras. By then Stolz had spent six years out of the spying game, a break that insulated him from the taint of the scandal and made his selection more palatable to the CIA’s overseers on the House and Senate Intelligence committees.
His spell in charge was quickly overtaken by the fall of the Berlin Wall. “We’re sort of shaking our heads and saying: ‘Can you imagine? The Cold War is over,’” Thomas Twetten, Stolz’s deputy, told The New York Times. Yet even as the geopolitical map changed, Stolz – himself a career Cold Warrior – was quick to recognise new potential threats and realign the agency’s posture to promote counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics operations.
His career undercover had begun in 1950, and seen him serve in Cold War flashpoints in Eastern Europe. He was chief of station in Moscow in 1965 when the Soviet Union threw him out of Russia, but that did not prevent his eventual promotion to chief of Soviet operations in the mid-1970s.
During his period abroad he was admired at home as one of the agency’s most effective covert officers — or, in the words of one of his predecessors, “a spy’s spy”. As Senator Patrick Leahy, a former member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, observed in a retirement tribute to Stolz in 1991: “There is nothing ‘cowboy’ about Dick. He epitomises the careful, calm intelligence operator.”
In 1981 Stolz was serving as station chief in London, handling liaison with British intelligence agencies, when President Ronald Reagan appointed William Casey to be director of the CIA. Casey immediately offered Stolz a job in Washington assisting his deputy, Max Hugel. The plan was that Stolz would run intelligence collection, while Hugel would run covert actions.
But Stolz balked at the prospect of working with Hugel, a businessman with no previous intelligence experience. He refused the job and took early retirement from the agency at the age of 56, taking with him the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA’s highest honour, and setting up in business as a private consultant on national security.
He was persuaded to return by a former FBI director and federal judge, William Webster, who was appointed by Reagan to take over the CIA in 1987. “I wanted risk-takers but not risk-seekers,” Webster explained. “We did a lot of dangerous things and took a lot of risks. But we did it within the framework of our authority.” Stolz resumed work with a bang. Apart from refocusing the agency on new threats, he established the Agent Validation Programme, known as “scrubbing”, which led to a record number of agents being moved or sacked for ineffectiveness or unreliability.
Richard Fallis Stolz Jr was born on November 27 1925 in Dayton, Ohio, but grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Summit High School in 1943. As an infantryman with the 398th Regiment of the 100th Division of the US Army, he saw wartime action in France and the Rhineland.
In 1949 he graduated from Amherst College, Massachusetts, and the following year joined the CIA, specialising in Soviet operations. Posted to Italy, West Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria during the Cold War, Stolz also served in Belgrade before becoming chief of the Soviet and then European divisions of the operations directorate.
Stolz had been picked for the post of deputy operations director in 1977, when Stansfield Turner, CIA director under President Jimmy Carter, gave the job to John McMahon. “I flipped a coin,” Turner explained in an interview, “and ended up giving Stolz an equally important job in the operations directorate that I can’t talk about.”
Although Stolz maintained a mostly low profile, in 1988 some remarks he made in a closed meeting with US senators were reported in the American media after he was questioned about CIA interrogation protocols when dealing with terrorist suspects.
While Stolz volunteered little, and parried questions with terse answers, he did enumerate several techniques that he described as coercive but falling short of the definition of torture: forcing the subject to stand at attention or sit on an uncomfortable stool for long periods of time, sleep and sound deprivation, isolation and climate changes.
“What about giving a captive bad food?” one senator asked.
“Bland food?” queried Stolz.
Corrected, he answered: “Bland food, perhaps. But not bad food.”
Following his final retirement in 1990 Stolz was awarded a second Distinguished Intelligence Medal. President George HW Bush presented him with the National Security Medal for distinguished achievement in the field of intelligence.
Dick Stolz is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Betty Elder, and their daughter and two sons.
Dick Stolz, born November 27 1925, died June 9 2012
There are two important warnings concerning West Nile virus that is scarcely told. For one, death as a result of the disease has been recorded as unbelievably painful. Second, survivors of the disease never fully recover because West Nile attacks the nervous system in such a way that if you’re fortunate enough to survive the virus, damage to the nervous system appears to be irreparable. It is important to understand these two points in order to properly protect yourself against the disease.
The tropical disease began in birds, which passes the virus on to mosquitoes that then go on to infect human beings with a bite. Most people who contract West Nile don’t experience any symptoms at all, but about 1 in 5 suffer fever, headaches and body aches, usually lasting a week or so. A far less fortunate 1 in 150 experience high fever, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Some — especially the immune compromised and the elderly — die.
That’s what makes the major outbreaks of West Nile virus in the U.S. this summer so scary. So far, nearly 1200 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including 41 deaths — the biggest nationwide outbreak in its brief history.
The situation is particularly bad in and around Dallas, where the virus has killed 21 people and sickened more than 586 so far this summer. The city has declared a state of emergency and, for the first time in 45 years, has begun aerial spraying of pesticide to kill the mosquitoes that are the virus’ delivery system — even in the face of residents’ heated concerns that the pesticide could be more dangerous than the disease. “I cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we failed to take action,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters recently.
Cases of West Nile Virus infections were unheard of in America until the summer of 1999 when the first instances of the disease broke out in New York City. By August 2004, the virus has spread across the continent to the West coast. Two women (an 88-year-old and a 91-year-old) were the first to die from the virus in Los Angeles County. Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Already this year, as of August 2012, 43 states have reported numerous cases and deaths.
West Nile Virus encephalitis is yet another new infectious disease from an African virus that has mysteriously erupted in the U.S., seemingly out of the blue. Is this another epidemic disease like AIDS and hepatitis C that poses a threat to certain “high risk” groups? Could the outbreak of WEST NILE virus be some sort of biologic “test” (like the anthrax letter mailing attacks in September 2001) to wake people up to the dangers of bioterrorism? Are all these new “emerging infectious diseases” merely cruel and unprecedented acts of Mother Nature? Or could the “hand of man” in the form of crazy biological warfare scientists be producing these new outbreaks? Is it just a “coincidence” that all these weird bugs and illnesses have erupted in the past several decades? Or is all this just “paranoid” thinking?
New Emerging Diseases; Accident of Nature or man-made illnesses?
In the 1970s it was thought that many infectious diseases had been banished from the industrialized world. But, remarkably, over the last four decades more than 30 new “emerging infectious diseases” have appeared in various places. Some of the better-known diseases include AIDS, Legionnaire’s disease, toxic shock syndrome, Lyme disease, hepatitis C, “mad cow disease,” hanta virus, various new encephalitis and hemorrhagic viruses, Lassa fever, and Ebola virus. (New controversial diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illness affecting veterans are not included in the government’s list of “emerging diseases.”)
Health officials blame increased global travel and globalization, population growth and movements, deforestation and reforestation programs, human sexuality (in the case of HIV), and increased human contact with tropical mini-forests and other wilderness habitats that are reservoirs for insects and animals that harbor unknown infectious agents.
Nowhere in the official list of causes is the fact that for many decades millions of animals and innumerable vials of infectious material have been shipped around the world for commercial and biological warfare (b/w) purposes. The world trade in these deadly agents, coupled with gene-splicing technology, has increased the dangers of new disease outbreaks. In addition, many new viruses have been passed around between various species of animals, and some of these viruses have been adapted to human tissue. This has resulted in the production of new laboratory diseases that have potential biological warfare capabilities. The b/w implications of all these scientific “advances” have led some conspiracy-minded researchers to suspect that the hand of man might be responsible for the outbreak of one or more of these newly emerging diseases.
The new epidemic of West Nile Virus encephalitis in America
As mentioned, West Nile virus infection in humans first broke out in New York City in August 1999. The first sign of the WEST NILE epidemic occurred in early July when many birds died mysteriously. Half the crows in the New York City area died, as well as some exotic bird species housed at the Bronx zoo. The virus has an affinity for some species of birds; and the mosquito acts as a vector for the virus. Thus, the virus spreads from birds to mosquitoes, and the virus is spread to humans and other animals via mosquito bites. A few weeks after the bird kills, the first human cases of encephalitis appeared in local hospitals in the northern Queens section of the city. By September, nine of 25 infected horses with WEST NILE virus died in Long Island.
Although the virus is contagious between birds, the disease is not contagious between humans. It is estimated that only 20% of infected people will develop a mild flu-like form of the illness; but 1 in 150 people will develop a severe form of the disease with mental confusion, headache, swollen glands, high fever, severe muscle weakness, and the tell-tale symptoms of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). Mild cases last a few days; severe cases can last several weeks. Until 2002 the virus was confined to states in the Eastern half of the country. By the summer of 2002, all but 6 of the lower 48 states reported WEST NILE virus in birds, mosquitoes, animals or humans.
Also by 2002 the CDC confirmed that a transplant patient became infected by WEST NILE virus after having received organs from a Georgia accident victim infected with the virus. There was also evidence that the virus could be transmitted by an infected mother to her infant during breast-feeding. Shockingly, it was announced that WEST NILE virus was in the nation’s blood supply. In 2005 a blood screening test was developed and approved to test for the new virus.
West Nile virus: Out of Africa? Or out of a virus laboratory?
WEST NILE virus was first discovered in 1937 in encephalitis cases in Uganda, in East Africa. African cases tended to be mild, and the virus there did not affect animal and bird populations to any significant degree. In fact, the ability of WEST NILE virus to infect and kill birds has only been noticed very recently. Could this indicate that the virus has been genetically altered or ‘weaponized’ for biological warfare purposes during the many decades that it has been available for study in virus laboratories?
Mild outbreaks of WEST NILE occurred in Israel in 1951-1954 and 1957, and also in South Africa in 1974. However, since the mid-1990s, outbreaks of increasing frequency and severity have appeared in Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Israel, and Russia, and have been strangely accompanied with a large number of bird deaths. A Romanian epidemic in 1996 infected 90,000 people and caused 17 deaths.
Scientists have determined that the closest viral “relative” of the “New York 99 strain” of the WEST NILE virus is a strain of WEST NILE virus that circulated in Israel from 1997-2000.
Health authorities suspect the virus entered the U.S. via travelers from the Middle East or via a stray mosquito on an airplane. Other researchers claim the virus arrived with African animals or birds placed in zoos. But, in fact, the WEST NILE virus has been housed in U.S. labs for decades, and has been openly sold to researchers around the world.
It is hardly a secret that the WEST NILE virus, along with dozens of other infectious agents, was sold and shipped by the National Type Culture Collection (in Rockville, Maryland) to Iraq during the 1980s when the U.S. was on friendly terms with Saddam Hussein.
From the very beginning of the WEST NILE virus outbreak in the U.S., there were rumors that the disease outbreak was bioterrorism. However, those rumors were quickly denied by health officials. CDC spokesperson Barbara Reynolds told CNN that “the possibility of bioterrorism is at the bottom of the list for how some outbreak may have occurred. It appears Mother Nature is at work.” (CNN report, 10/11/99).
Various new theories of origin appeared in the press. For example, a Los Angeles Times editorial (9/28/02) proclaimed that “scientists think (the virus) may have arrived in the early 1980s when Asian tiger mosquitoes traveled in tire casings from Japan to Houston.” (One wonders who supplies the major media with these bizarre and undocumented stories.)
None of these theories deterred Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy from urging federal officials to determine if the introduction of WEST NILE virus is a terrorist attack. On September 12, 2002, Leahy declared: “I think we have to ask ourselves: Is it a coincidence that we’re seeing such an increase in WEST NILE virus — or is that something that’s being tested as a biological weapon against us.” Leahy is no stranger to bioterrorism, having received an anthrax-laden letter at his Washington office a year earlier.
Secret U.S. military b/w experiments on human populations
A July 24, 2000 Report (“The West Nile Virus Wake Up Call”) from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee dismisses the idea of WEST NILE virus infection as bio warfare, although the CDC was criticized for its “tunnel vision” and its failure “to expect the unexpected.” The Committee concluded that: “The next outbreak of an infectious disease — whether naturally occurring or deliberately inflicted — may not be so forgiving.” (The 2001 anthrax attack proved to be the next “deliberately inflicted” b/w attack.)
It is surprising that the U.S. government quickly eliminated bioterrorism as a cause for the WEST NILE outbreak, particularly when the government has a long and well-documented history of b/w experimentation against unsuspecting citizens.
In the 1950s the U.S. military planned a project to cripple the Soviet economy by killing horses, cattle, and swine, with b/w weapons developed from exotic animal diseases. The animal laboratory at Plum Island, off the coast of Long Island, New York, is the Army’s repository for viruses derived from the most dangerous animal diseases in the world. According to Norman Covert, base historian and public information officer at Fort Detrick, only a handful of scientists were aware of this project. “In many cases there were only maybe five people who knew what was going on in weapons research. People in one lab didn’t know what happened in the next lab, and they didn’t ask.” Details of these Plum Island animal experiments were classified as secret until 1993. (“Plum Island’s shadowy past: Once-secret documents reveal lab’s mission was germ warfare,” Newsday, 11/21/93)
During the 1950s and 60s secret military bio warfare attacks on unsuspecting civilians took place in many parts of America. The most notorious was a six-day attack on San Francisco in which clouds of potentially harmful bacteria were sprayed over the city. Twelve people developed pneumonia due to the infectious bacteria, and one elderly man died from the attack. This attack was not revealed to the public until years later when classified documents were finally released (“Army germ fog blanketed S.F. for 6 days in ’50 test,” Los Angeles Times, 9/17/79).
In other classified experiments, the military sprayed bacteria in New York City subways, in a Washington D.C. airport, and on highways in Pennsylvania. B/w testing also took place in military bases in Virginia, In Key West (Florida), and off the coasts of Southern California and Hawaii (“Army used live bacteria in tests on U.S. civilians,” Los Angeles Times, 3/9/77).
The Army also experimented on its own West Nile soldiers. Project White coat, a code name for a series of b/w experiments that took place at Fort Detrick between 1954 and 1973, utilized about 2,300 Seventh-Day Adventist volunteers who were exposed to germs causing tularemia, malaria, anthrax, Queensland fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, and a host of other exotic diseases. The experiments were aimed at preventing, diagnosing, and treating these diseases, as well as the development of vaccines. No one died in the experiments, but critics contend that the men were essentially coerced into participating in research that, despite military assurances to the contrary, could have been used to produce b/w weapons. (“Adventists’ faith put to test; 2,300 soldiers were used in germ-warfare experiments,” The Washington Times, 10/19/98)
In preparing America for nuclear attack during the Cold War years following World War II, thousands of U.S. citizens were used as unsuspecting guinea pigs in over 4,000 secret and classified radiation experiments conducted by the Atomic Energy Commission and other agencies, such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Public Health Service (now the CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Administration, the CIA and NASA. (See my Internet article: “The Human Radiation Experiments”)
The full extent of the U.S. government’s experiments on unsuspecting people will probably never be known because many incriminating documents remain Top Secret or classified. Other documents are often declared as missing, destroyed, or “unavailable”, in an attempt to hide the truth from the public.
AIDS: A designer disease with a genetically-altered laboratory virus?
Some AIDS researchers believe that this Special Virus Cancer Program of the 1970s (and its covert connection to America’s b/w program) spawned the new HIV virus that was subsequently seeded into the U.S. homosexual community via the government-sponsored experimental hepatitis B vaccine program (1978-1981). These experiments in Manhattan , Los Angeles, and San Francisco, utilized only highly promiscuous, healthy white gay and bisexual men as guinea pigs. Shortly after this experiment began, the first cases of “gay-related immune deficiency disease” (later known as AIDS) erupted in New York City in 1979. (See my article “The man-made origin of AIDS”.) The idea of AIDS as a man-made virus that was deliberately seeded via vaccine programs into the American gay and African black population in the late 1970s is considered by most scientists to be a joke. Scientists pooh-pooh the idea of a “man-made” virus, even though the laboratory transfer of viruses from one species to another always results in a “man-made virus”.
Killer Germs for Sale
Further complicating bioterrorism is the sale of deadly microbes to anyone and any country with the cash to buy them. From 1985-1988, when the U.S. was still friendly with Saddam Hussein, his Education Ministry purchased 70 shipments of anthrax, West Nile virus, and other disease-causing organisms from the American Type Culture Collection, in Maryland. At that time, such shipments were entirely legal and received quick approval by the U.S. Commerce Department. (“Germ library’s inventory is making detractors queasy,” Los Angeles Times, March 16, 1998.) Even after Hussein gassed the Kurds in 1988, and even after the Gulf War, U.S. officials continued to supply Iraq with biochemical warfare ingredients (“U.S. was a key supplier to Saddam,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, Sept 24, 2002). The CDC also sent WEST NILE virus and numerous other biological agents to Iraq during the years 1984 and 1993.
The Riegle Report (May 25, 1994) further details biological and biochemical shipments from the U.S. to Iraqi government agencies. It was later learned that these microorganisms exported by the U.S. were identical to those the UN inspectors found and recovered from the Iraqi b/w program.
Was West Nile virus deliberately seeded into the environment?
Could the new outbreaks of WEST NILE virus be a result of decades of animal experimentation and manipulation of the African virus in various laboratories worldwide? Surely over the past 60 years new strains of WEST NILE virus have been developed and “weaponized” by genetic and/or b/w engineers. Once a virus like WEST NILE is “introduced” into the environment it can subsequently spread rapidly on its own. Already the WEST NILE virus causes disease in humans, and animals and birds, unlike that seen in Africa back in the 1930s. In 2002, there were various media reports claiming that some WEST NILE patients were developing signs and symptoms of polio, even though that disease is caused by a different virus. Could these never-before seen manifestations of WEST NILE virus be an indication that the virus has been altered in a laboratory? Could this more deadly form of WEST NILE virus reflect manipulation, not by Mother Nature, but by the hand of man?
Besides acting as a wakeup call, what would be the advantage of introducing WEST NILE virus into the American environment? For a foreign terrorist, WEST NILE virus would be a poor choice of bioweapon. As a killer of old and sick people, it would not be a terribly effective b/w weapon. However, if the virus was introduced domestically as a “test” (like anthrax), the killing off of old and sick people would certainly aid the fiscal problems of Social Security and Medicare.
How many more wake up calls with bioterrorism will be required before health officials stop looking in rain forests and African animals for the origin of these new epidemic diseases —and begin to look at the world trade in deadly infectious agents, and the insanities of bio warfare research.
Bio warfare agents are designed solely to kill large numbers of civilians. And any country that is willing to employ and deploy these agents should be fully aware that — What Goes around Comes Around.
Gaeton Fonzi was one of the most relentless investigators on the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s, remembered by former colleagues with both awe and echoes of the impatience he inspired with his pursuit of the full story behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They called him Ahab.
Fonzi was also the staff member most publicly dismayed by the committee’s final report, which concluded in 1979 that the president “was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.”
Of course it was a conspiracy, said Fonzi, a journalist recruited mainly on the strength of scathing magazine critiques he had written about the Warren Commission and its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in killing the president in Dallas on November 22, 1963. But who were the conspirators? What was their motive? How could the committee close its doors without the answers?
Fonzi nailed those questions to the committee’s locked doors, figuratively, in a long article he wrote the next year for Washingtonian magazine and in a 1993 book, The Last Investigation. In both, he chronicled the near-blanket refusal of government intelligence agencies, especially the CIA, to provide the committee with documents it requested. And he accused committee leaders of folding under pressure – from congressional budget hawks, political advisers and the intelligence agencies themselves – just as promising new leads were emerging.
“Is it unrealistic to desire, for something as important as the assassination of a president, an investigation unbound by political, financial or time restrictions?” he asked in Washingtonian.
He never got the answer he had hoped for. Congress never authorised a follow-up to the work of the committee, which, from 1977 to 1979, also re-examined the assassination of Martin Luther King, concluding that it, too, “likely” resulted from an unspecified conspiracy.
But historians and researchers consider Fonzi’s book among the best of the roughly 600 published on the Kennedy assassination, and credit him with raising doubts about the government’s willingness to share everything it knew. The author Jefferson Morley, a former reporter for The Washington Post, said The Last Investigation had refocused attention on a handful of reported contacts between CIA operatives and Oswald – tantalising leads that had long been fascinating to conspiracy buffs but that had never been fully scrutinised by a veteran investigative reporter.
The CIA has denied that any such contacts occurred, and Fonzi spent most of his two years with the committee criss-crossing the world trying to prove otherwise. He considered it impossible that the CIA had never made contact with Oswald, a former Marine who defected to the Soviet Union in 1959, repatriated with his Russian wife and baby in 1962, and settled in Dallas, where he openly espoused Communist views.
“We called him Ahab, because he was so single-minded about that white whale,” said G. Robert Blakey, the chief counsel and staff director of the House committee, now a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School. The white whale for Fonzi was the meaning of those supposed contacts.
Blakey was criticised by Fonzi as overly deferential to the CIA, and he now concedes that Fonzi was probably right on that score. Blakey said he was shocked in 2003 when declassified CIA documents revealed the full identity of the retired agent who had acted as the committee’s liaison to the CIA.
The agency never told Blakey that the agent, George Joannides, had overseen a group of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Dallas in the months before the assassination, when Oswald had two well-publicised clashes with them.
At the time of the revelation, the CIA said Joannides had withheld nothing relevant from the committee. Joannides died in 1990.
“Mr Joannides obstructed our investigation,” Blakey said. Asked how that had affected the committee’s work, he said: “We’ll never know. But I can say that for a guy like Gaeton, a guy who really wanted to know what happened to Kennedy, it kind of tortured him.”
Gaetano Fonzi was born in Philadelphia on October 10, 1935, to Leonora and Gaetano Fonzi, a barber. (He later shortened his first name.) After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he was a reporter and editor at Philadelphia Magazine. In one article, he and a co-author revealed that a former star reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harry Karafin, had extorted money from businessmen with threats of unflattering coverage.
In Florida, Fonzi worked for Miami and Gold Coast magazines, writing investigative articles. He also wrote several other books, including a biography of the media mogul and philanthropist Walter Annenberg. But the Kennedy assassination remained the story that consumed him.
“He thought the murder of President Kennedy was a turning point in history,” his wife, Marie, said. “He said it was the point when the American people stopped trusting their government.”
Gaeton Fonzi is survived by Marie, children Irene, Maria, Guy and Christopher, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The New York Times
OXNARD, Calif., Sept. 12, 2012 — On Wednesday, September 12 activists calling themselves the Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU) shut down shipping and receiving access points at Monsanto’s Oxnard seed distribution facility located at 2700 Camino Del Sol. By peacefully blockading the exit and access points the group effectively shut down the distribution of genetically engineered (GMO) seeds for a day.
Monsanto is the largest producer of GMO seeds and is being called out for their genetic crimes by a network called Occupy Monsanto. Today’s protest is the beginning of a series of over 65 different autonomous actions that officially start on September 17, a year since Occupy Wall Street movement began. Actions are planned throughout the world including the US, Germany, Canada, India, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Argentina, Australia, Spain, Russia, and Japan. More info as well as video available for media use of today action can be found at http://Occupy-Monsanto.com.
After occupying all three shipping and receiving entrances to the Monsanto facility using flashy theatrics including a car with a giant “fish-corn” on top of it and a 6-foot high jail cell complete with someone dressed up like the CEO Hugh Grant of Monsanto inside. Eventually after 5.5 hours the fire department was called in and 9 anti-GMO activists were arrested and charged with trespassing.
“The reason I am occupying Monsanto and willing to put myself at risk of arrest is because Monsanto has genetically engineered food crops to contain novel untested compounds that result in more weed killer sprayed on our food, without informing consumers. Unlike most industrialized countries including every country in Europe, Japan and even China, in America right now there are no labels on our food informing us whether we are eating GMOs or not. We have a right to opt out of this experiment: it’s not up to chemical companies what I feed myself and my family. Monsanto has bought and sold both parties and has handpicked henchmen at FDA and USDA making sure we are kept in the dark. Monsanto is also currently fighting the California Prop 37 GMO labeling initiative that would give consumers the right to know if they are eating GMO foods,” said GCU member Ariel Vegosen.
The GCU arrived onsite wearing bio-hazmat suits and with giant banners saying the “99% V. Monsanto” and “Seminis and Monsanto bringing weed killer GMO food to your table.” Next week there will be more protests all over the nation.
“In the name of Wall Street profits, chemical corporations such as Monsanto genetically engineer crops to withstand high doses of their toxic weed killers that contaminate our food and water, and have not been proven safe. We deserve to know what we are eating and we should put the GMO crops back in the lab and off the kitchen table. The US chemical lobby has so far made sure Americans are kept in the dark and we are tired of inaction by Obama, ” said GCU unit member Rica Madrid.
“We are here today in civil disobedience because we believe strongly that we have no other option,” said GCU unit member David Pillar. “Its time for healthy food now.”
Is it feasible for me to sue politicians for driving me crazy?
I lived through eight years of irrational nationalism under Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. With Obama’s election, I felt relieved by the change of administration, at long last, and I anticipated a total repudiation of the Bush-Cheney ideology.
Hopefully, I eagerly awaited the discrediting and condemnation of much of what the Bush-Cheney-Rumfeld administration stood for, mainly the coddling of the super rich and the primacy of the military-industrial complex. Wasn’t it a Republican president, namely Dwight D. Eisenhower, who warned us about this in the early 1960s? It seems we, as a society, are incapable of learning.
The rabid neo-cons are still in charge of the issues and the agenda. The pusillanimous Democrats are perhaps vaguely aware they are being manipulated, but their virtual silence facilitates their opponents’ agenda. The silence even confuses their supporters.
It is time for all citizens to wake up to the fact that the Republican/Tea Party is drawing this nation closer and closer to fascism. It was so clever of the Republican bloviators to accuse Obama of being what they themselves are: plutocratic, fascistic, hateful of “others.”
Please don’t think I am exaggerating. Perfectly good and reasonable people like the Germans, the Italians, the Spaniards of the 1930s-40s, would never have predicted their devolution into fascism.